Weather permitting, on Tuesday, March 31, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will close a section of US-69 south of Columbus for pavement reconstruction. The closure starts at the junction with US-166 and continues north for six miles to Boston Mills Road. The project contractor, Heckert Construction of Pittsburg, will first “rubblelize” the existing concrete pavement by breaking it into small pieces. The pavement pieces will serve as the base on which four inches of asphalt surfacing will then will be placed.

The highway section is expected to remain closed for approximately six weeks. The detour for northbound US-69 motorists runs east on US-166 to US-69 Alternate, then north on US-69A to US-69. Southbound motorists should take the same route in reverse. After the highway has been reopened, a pilot car will be used to provide traffic control while the resurfacing is completed.

The road work is part of a larger project to reconstruct and rehabilitate US-69 from US-166 north to Columbus. KDOT expects to complete the entire project by mid-July.

The construction cost of the US-69 project is approximately $14.1 million. Persons with questions can contact KDOT Pittsburg Area Construction Engineer Bob Gudgen at (620) 231-7560, or Southeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen at 1-877-550-5368 (toll free).